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Tenkara Diaries 3 – April 13, 2013

On April 14, 2013
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Had a fun day of fishing yesterday on the Big Thompson, outside of Estes Park. One of the highlights of the day was a group of rams butting heads on the side of the road.

All we needed was a tenkara rod, tenkara line, and tenkara fly.

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  1. Dale H. says:

    Very nice! I have had those days as well when you just have to call it quits, despite that you’d love to make just one more cast.

    Dale

  2. David says:

    Seeing other wildlife while out fishing always adds to the experience. I may have had the privilege of seeing something unique for the area today. Fishing a local man made lake today I heard a loud splash across the water and saw a large bird gaining altitude. Later in the same area I saw the same bird skim the water and fly off again. Saw him twice more fly over, land in a tree and dive toward the water but pulled up short. A great lesson that fish aren’t paranoid about avian predators without good reason.

    My guess is that the bird is an Osprey. While they may not be unusual elsewhere they are unusual here. Checking the the state DNR web site there are no documented nesting pairs in this county. Only in a few counties further north. The DNR website also said the known Osprey return to the state in late April. Maybe I was lucky enough to see a new resident in a new part of the state. Or maybe he is just passing through today and stopped for dinner.

    I think this was just a cool as the Red Tailed Hawk that busted my garage door window 3 weeks ago. Seems he was attempting to have the garage apartment renter’s little dog for dinner. Missed the dog , flew under a pickup truck and his flight path carried him into the window glass. My brother in law heard the crash. Opened the door and found what he at first thought was a dead hawk setting on the riding lawn mower. But he began to move a little after being picked up. He sat him down in the yard and after 5 minutes he flew away. I hope he did not later die from his trauma. Though he hasn’t been seen since then. But was frequently seen in the trees before.

    Also heard a bunch of turkeys gobbling today, perhaps in alarm about the owl that could also be heard. And though I did not see it myself. On Friday on the same lake some guys who came in with their bass boat were telling me about seeing a huge Bobcat just moments before. It paid no attention to them, though they were near shore, came to lake, got a drink of water and went back into the woods.

    All fun stuff. Catching few fish is the bonus part.

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